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You Won’t Be Able to Stop Listening to This Mashup of 2014’s Best Pop Songs

Heavy on "All About That Bass" mashups

‘Tis the season for rounding up the best songs of the year. In that spirit, both DJ Earworm and the pop group Us the Duo have released remixes of the year’s biggest songs, and now, artist Daniel Kim of Vancouver, Canada, has offered up the 2014 edition of his annual up-tempo spin on the hits “Pop Danthology.”

Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” seems to be the most prominently featured song, getting mashed up with Tiësto’s “Red Lights,” Katy Perry’s “Birthday,” and Jessie J’s “Bang Bang.”

Lyrics and song titles—if you cannot guess them yourself—can be found here.

TIME Appreciation

10 Times Social Media Made the World Better in 2014

A look back at some of the year's most inspiring viral stories (in no particular order).

  • 1. When the “Burger King baby” reunited with her mom.

    Courtesy of Katheryn Deprill / AP

    Katheryn Deprill’s March 2 Facebook plea was shared more than 33,000 times—and one of the people who saw it was her biological mother, Cathy Pochek, who contacted an attorney to arrange a reunion at his office. “She left me somewhere she knew I’d be found,” Deprill (nicknamed the “Burger King baby”) told CNN affiliate WFMZ. “She did not want to throw me away.”

  • 2. When Facebook helped save a 3-year-old’s vision.

    After Tara Taylor uploaded a photo of her daughter, Rylee, to Facebook, a friend reached out about a strange glint in the toddler’s eye, saying it could be a sign of vision problems. A Memphis retina specialist diagnosed the youngster with Coat’s disease, which can cause blindness, and Rylee started treatment to help restore some of her peripheral vision.

  • 3. When Jason Biggs found his lost dog.

    When his dog, Gina, ran away on Halloween, the American Pie and Orange Is the New Black actor asked his Twitter followers to keep an eye out for her. Thousands of retweets later, Gina was found alive. Biggs tweeted, “Could NOT have done it without you guys. An amazing woman picked her up in the street, and you guys ended up forwarding the message 2 her.”

  • 4. When a mom surprised her kid with 60,000 Facebook friends.

    On Feb. 2, a Michigan mom started a Facebook page to solicit birthday wishes to cheer up her disabled son, Colin, who said he didn’t want an 11th birthday party because he thought he didn’t have friends. About a week and a half later, he had 60,000 of them on Facebook, and a few weeks after that, Good Morning America hosted a surprise birthday celebration for him in Times Square. Now the “Colin’s Friends” page has more than 2.1 million fans.

  • 5. When a 7-year-old leukemia patient found out he could leave the hospital.

    This video of Avery, son of University of Nebraska assistant men’s basketball coach Chris Harriman—who had spent roughly a month undergoing intense chemotherapy for leukemia—made national headlines in September, and prompted supporters to start an #AveryStrong hashtag.

  • 6. When an ALS patient thanked people for their Ice Bucket Challenge videos.

    The Ice Bucket Challenge craze—which helped raise $115 million for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) research earlier this year—produced all kinds of remarkable videos. But none were more poignant than the one from Anthony Carbajal, documenting how he cares for his mother, who has ALS, before revealing that he too had been diagnosed with the disease. For people like him, he said, the Challenge was an invaluable resource.

  • 7. When kids read to cats at an animal shelter.

    The Animal Rescue League of Berks County

    This photo of a little boy reading to a tabby cat went viral on Reddit in early February, raising awareness about the adorable “Book Buddies” program at The Animal Rescue League of Berks County, in which children read aloud to cats at the Pennsylvania shelter to practice their reading skills.

  • 8. When a baby heard for the first time.

    This YouTube video uploaded by Toby Lever of Victoria, Australia, shows the moment when a seven-week-old baby named Lachlan—diagnosed with moderate-to-severe hearing loss—hears his parents’ voices for the first time, thanks to new hearing aids and therapy. It has logged 11.8 million views to date.

  • 9. When a NFL player gave a pep talk to his 4-year-old daughter before surgery.

    Devon Still, Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle, shared video of the moment he gave his daughter, Leah, a fist bump en route to the pediatric cancer patient’s tumor removal surgery in September. The viral clip helped boost sales of his jersey, and the NFL team’s pro shop donated all proceeds—more than $1.3 million—to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

  • 10. When a mom with Alzheimer’s remembered who her daughter was

    In this YouTube video uploaded August 29, Georgia resident Kelly Gunderson said she captured a rare moment in which her 87-year-old mother, an Alzheimer’s patient, seems to remember who she is. Gunderson told TODAY she hopes the clip, with some 8 million views to date, will give other family members who are caregivers hope and something to relate to.

TIME society

This Hanukkah-Themed Parody of Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ Is Pretty Clever

"Cause we’re counting up to eight, eight, eight, eight, eight / And these latkes taste so great, great, great, great, great"

A Jewish a cappella group Six13 has composed a catchy, Hanukkah-themed parody of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” It works, considering “Shake It Off” and “Hanukkah” have the same number of syllables.

The two versions of the holiday-themed refrain:

Cause we’re counting up to eight, eight, eight, eight, eight
We escaped an awful fate, fate, fate, fate, fate
We’re gonna celebrate, -brate, -brate, -brate, -brate
It’s Hanukkah, Hanukkah!

Cause we’re counting up to eight, eight, eight, eight, eight
And these latkes taste so great, great, great, great, great
Yeah that’s how we celebrate, -brate, -brate, -brate, -brate
It’s Hanukkah, Hanukkah!

Hanukkah begins the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 16.

TIME animals

Here’s What It’s Like Inside New York’s First Cat Café

The purrfect place for cat lovers

Meow Parlour, New York City’s first permanent cat café, will open its doors on Monday, Dec. 15. Cat lovers will be able to make reservations online and spend up to five hours ($4 per 30 minutes) hanging out at a storefront space on Manhattan’s Lower East Side while playing with cats provided by Kitty Kind, a local rescue and adoption group. Seven felines are there to start — with names like Lucky Lemon and Squinkles — but co-founders Emilie Legrand and Christina Ha hope to eventually feature about a dozen cats. Later this month, the Meow Parlour Patisserie will open nearby so customers can buy macarons and jam cookies shaped like cat faces and bring them to the Meow Parlour, which is how the space complies with city health regulations.

Upon entering Meow Parlour, humans must take off their shoes on a mat that says “BEWARE OF CAT” (a house rule meant to prevent the spread of germs). A few steps past the litter boxes, friendly felines may be curled up atop brown and beige pillows scattered across the floor or inside a cardboard ice cream truck or a comfy gray nap pod. There’s a custom-built wooden bench along the back wall where the cats weave in and out of openings underneath or perch in the bookshelves above, which have more cotton-canvas cat beds for napping and people watching, as well as throw pillows featuring cat illustrations and the words “le chat” (French for cat). Even the legs of the tables for humans have steps inside so the animals can climb up as customers sit on metal bar stools.

This “cat heaven” of sorts is the latest in the cat café trend that dates back to the late 1990s in Taiwan and Japanese cities like Tokyo and Osaka, where they became refuges for people who lived in apartment buildings that didn’t allow pets. While Purina ONE hosted a four-day-long pop-up cat café in the same Manhattan neighborhood earlier this year, Meow Parlour would be the second in the U.S. — Cat Town Cafe in Oakland became the first when it opened almost two months ago. Now there are cat cafés throughout Europe in Paris, London, Vienna, Budapest, as well as in Canada and Australia. More are expected to open in Seattle, Portland, Oregon and Washington D.C. sometime in 2015.

And at a time when cat videos are so popular online that there are cat video festivals and cat art shows nationwide, cat cafés are sure to become another space where cat fans can connect IRL.

With reporting and video by Salima Koroma, Carlos Martinelli, and Adam Perez.


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TIME Science

NASA Interns Couldn’t Help But Make an ‘All About That Space’ Parody

These interns are all about that

Interns at NASA’s Johnson Space Center have produced a music video parody of Meghan Trainor’s hit “All About That Bass,” dubbing it “All About That Space,” singing the refrain “I’m all about that space / ‘Bout that space, space travel.” The mission of the music video is to “keep up the excitement about the successful first flight of NASA’s Orion Spacecraft” last week, which is designed for human spaceflight, and maybe one day, trips to the moon or Mars.

More sample lyrics:

Yeah, it’s pretty clear, I ain’t commercial crew
But I can launch it, launch it
Like I’m supposed to do
‘Cause I got that boom boom that all the Astros chase
And all the space flight to all the right places

TIME Family & Relationships

This Baby Sleeping on Top of a Santa Will Warm Your Heart

Adorable encounter at a Maryland mall

The Aegis, a Baltimore Sun newspaper, shared this adorable Facebook photo of a baby named Scarlett sleeping on a Santa’s belly at the Harford Mall in Bel Air, Md. (about an hour north of Baltimore). Her mother, Jennifer Sawyer Genna of Abingdon, Md., told the paper that the youngster “passed out so Santa decided to take a ‘little snooze’ for her first picture!”

As NBC Nightly News host Brian Williams put it on air Wednesday night, “Happiness is a warm Santa.”

TIME Science

Google Doodle Honors Astronomer Annie Jump Cannon

Astronomer who classifed the stars would have been 151 today

Today’s Google Doodle honors Annie Jump Cannon (1863-1941), a leading female astronomer who is known for her work classifying the stars based on their stellar spectra.

Nicknamed the “Census Taker of the Sky,” the Wellesley graduate who worked at Harvard’s Observatory was the first woman to receive an honorary degree from Oxford University (a Doctor of Science), and the first woman to be awarded the National Academy of Sciences’s Henry Draper medal for research in astronomical physics.

She also curated the observatory’s “photographic plates of the heavens,” described in a March 28, 1932, TIME article as “a permanent record of things understood or obscure beyond the night” and “a towering compendium of dots and streaks in photographic gelatine which, to the theoretical physicist, suggest the whence and the whither of all things.”

Cannon was credited for cataloging 400,000 stellar bodies and “discovering more than 300 variable stars, 5 novae, and one spectroscopic binary”(according to Harvard’s library) before she died at age 77.

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TIME celebrity

This Beautiful Cover of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ Will Get You in the Holiday Spirit

It's by Peter Hollens, featuring Jackie Evancho

A cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” by singer-songwriter Peter Hollens is going viral, thanks to a stirring a cappella arrangement featuring Jackie Evancho.

Hollens appeared on season 2 of NBC’s The Sing-Off, and has been compared to Pentatonix, another group made famous by the a cappella competition show. Evancho, a 14-year-old soprano, has performed on America’s Got Talent and at the National Christmas Tree Lighting in Washington, D.C.

Below is Leonard Cohen’s original for reference:

TIME viral

Watch This First-Person Point of View of Going Down an Absolutely Terrifying Ski Line

Don't watch if you get vertigo

The ski community has been in awe of professional athlete Cody Townsend after he skied down a long, extremely narrow, steep path in Alaska’s Tordrillo Mountains. The skier can be heard saying, “Oh I’m getting nervous!” in the minute-long clip that now boasts more than 1.3 million views since it was uploaded to YouTube on December 8. Powder magazine has recognized the mountain skiing feat as the line of the year.

Turns out, Townsend had wanted to conquer a straight line like that for about four or five years. “Since there were five years that went into it, actually skiing it wasn’t that hard,” he told Power magazine. “I felt like I was so prepared for it… I had skied it a thousand times in my head that, you know, it felt like it was meant to be.”

TIME Careers & Workplace

These Are the 50 Best Places to Work for 2015

Based on analysis by Glassdoor, a website where employees post anonymous reviews of their companies

Glassdoor, a website that allows employees to post anonymous reviews of their offices, has released its annual list of the best places to work in the U.S. for 2015. Google is at the top, and it is also at the top of the U.K. version of this ranking (a new section this year).

The website only includes companies with more than 1,000 employees and at least 50 “approved” reviews for this report. Ratings come from reviews provided by employees who participated in a survey that was conducted between November 13, 2013 and November 2, 2014. Each overall ranking is based on the “quantity, quality and consistency of reviews,” according to a statement.


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